My birthday is in a couple of weeks. I decided to have friends over but not tell them it’s my birthday. I just wanted to bask in the glow of being around those who I hold nearest and dearest. Plus, I needed an excuse to have a party!

The Food

There is a local caterer known for his amazing Spanish food as well as preparing Paella outdoors in a pan the size of a Volkswagon beetle. It sounded like a perfect dish for a Fall dinner too.




In addition to Paella, he made two hors d’oeurves – spicy grilled shrimp and manchego cheese with quince jam. I added one more – Barefoot Contessa’s recipe for Potato Frittata for a Crowd.

I tweaked the recipe by replacing the basil with kale, lessening the amount of cheese and cutting out an entire stick of butter.

Potato and Kale Fritatta for a Crowd Recipe (tweaked from original)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cups peeled and 1/2-inch-diced boiling potatoes (4 potatoes)
12 extra-large eggs
22 ounces ricotta cheese
3/4 lb Gruyère cheese, grated
11/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1¼ cups chopped kale (remove the spines, then chop the leaves)
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 12 x 18 x 1½” half sheet pan.

Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a 12-inch sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the potatoes and fry them, turning them often.. Add the kale after 10 minutes. Saute another 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a large bowl, then stir in the ricotta,  salt, pepper, and kale. Sprinkle on the flour and baking powder and stir into the egg mixture.

Distribute the potatoes over the bottom of the sheet pan. Pour the egg mixture over the potatoes and spread evenly. Bake the frittata until it is browned and puffed, 30 to 35 minutes. Allow the frittata to cool and cut into 20 single-serving squares.


The Table


Amber glass has been catching my eye lately. I’m inspired by the color and how well it pairs with both deep jewel tones as well as muted and faded.  

Here a few inspiration photos I found on Pinterest. I'll be hunting for amber glass pieces at flea markets so I can create a mix and match table for the holidays.

Farmtable + mixed glasses

Jess Barfield photography


I found these great apothecary jars here. This site is a gold mine for fantastic craft, tabletop and party supplies. 


Party Decoration

I used pumpkins in place of flowers. They come in so many colors, shapes and sizes they are all really you need, plus they last for weeks.






Have a wonderful weekend!

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